Man sentenced to 3 years in prison for killing family cat

Allen Curtiss Kinzey (Photo: Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach man pleaded guilty Wednesday to torturing a cat to death.

Allen Curtiss Kinzey, 22, was sentenced to five years in prison with two years suspended, leaving three years left to serve. Prosecutors say the sentence was well above the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, which recommended a maximum sentence of six months in jail.

Grand jury indicts man on charge of torturing cat to death

Kinzey was in the garage of his home in Virginia Beach with the family cat on Oct. 26, 2016. A family member heard noise coming from the garage and went to check on it. She saw Kinzey choking the cat, according to prosecutors, and there was blood coming from the cat’s mouth. Prosecutors say the relative reportedly went back inside to change clothes so she could take the cat to the vet. When she returned to the garage, the cat was gone.

Animal Control officers arrived and found the dead cat in a trash can. A necropsy revealed that the cat died from severe head trauma from multiple blows to the head.

Prosecutors say Kinzey admitted to killing the cat.

Kinzey has prior convictions for possession with intent to distribute – accommodation, shoplifting, petite larceny and driving after illegal consumption of alcohol.